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Liz Cheney / Washington Post:
The GOP is at a turning point.  History is watching us. … Liz Cheney, a Republican, represents Wyoming's at-large congressional district in the U.S. House.  —  In public statements again this week, former president Donald Trump has repeated his claims that the 2020 election was a fraud and was stolen.
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National Review:
Liz Cheney Is Not the Problem  —  Representative Liz Cheney has likely talked herself out of a Republican leadership position.  —  Cheney was already on the hot seat early this year for breaking with most of her party and voting to impeach President Donald Trump, saying of the January 6 Capitol riot …
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Elise Stefanik tried to get election overturned, promoted election lies  —  Stefanik previously called out Trump, now she mirrors his rhetoric  —  Washington (CNN)House Republicans are moving to oust Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from a party leadership position over her vocal repudiation …
Sway / New York Times:
'It's His Own Damn Fault,' Top G.O.P. Pollster Says of Trump and Facebook … Produced by ‘Sway’  —  Donald Trump isn't back on Facebook ... yet.  The platform's oversight board (set up by Facebook as a “Supreme Court” to which it could punt difficult decisions) upheld a ban on Trump's account.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Why House Republicans have had it with Liz Cheney  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  WHY HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD IT WITH LIZ CHENEY.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
The Real Reason Republicans Want to Oust Liz Cheney  —  To hear most media observers tell it, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is being martyred for having the courage of her convictions, and the House Republican Conference can no longer abide her truth-telling.  Republican lawmakers, the narrative goes …
Ricochet:
It's Time for Liz Cheney to Go  —  House Republicans kept Liz Cheney in her leadership role by a secret vote in February.  If there's a vote in May, she won't be so lucky.  —  The Wyoming representative angered many in the base when she joined nine other Republicans to impeach President Donald Trump …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
CNN's Jamie Gangel: Kevin McCarthy ‘Very Concerned’ Jan 6.  Commission Could Force Him to Testify About Call With Trump During Riot  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is concerned about being called as a witness by a commission looking into the events of January 6th, CNN reported Wednesday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Cheney faces the boot in Washington.  Wyoming isn't looking much better.  —  Rep. Liz Cheney's colleagues are set to boot her from House GOP leadership this month.  Now Republicans back in her home state of Wyoming are plotting how to remove her from Congress entirely.
Jonah Goldberg / The G-File:   Whining Is Winning  —  Liz Cheney is not the reason the Republican Party cannot move on from January 6.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Power and Lies and Elise Stefanik
Discussion: Washington Post
Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Department of Justice asks Arizona Senate to respond to concerns about election audit  —  The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division is asking Arizona Senate President Karen Fann to respond to concerns the department has about the security of ballots and potential voter intimidation …
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Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Arizona's Republican-Run Election Audit Is Now Looking for Bamboo-Laced “China Ballots”
Washington Post:
Chris Ruddy and Newsmax went all-in on Trump.  Now they might pay a price for it.  —  One night last month at Mar-a-Lago, Chris Ruddy positioned himself in a familiar spot: right next to Donald Trump.  —  The occasion came just days before a Republican National Committee fundraiser …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Giuliani cuts down his entourage  —  Rudy Giuliani, the former personal lawyer for ex-president Donald Trump, has reduced the size of his personal entourage, according to three people familiar with the matter.  —  Giuliani laid off several staffers and independent contractors in the last few weeks …
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CNN:
Trump and legal team approached about Giuliani legal costs
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Bobby Caina Calvan / Associated Press:
Florida gov signs GOP voting law critics call ‘un-American’  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a sweeping elections bill into law Thursday that he and other Republicans said would place guardrails against fraud, even as they acknowledged there were no serious signs of voting irregularities last November.
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Washington Post:
Florida's DeSantis signs new voting restrictions into law, making the state the latest to add hurdles to the voting process
BBC:
What happened after the pandemic puppy boom  —  Shelters across the US are struggling to take in a growing number of dogs and cats.  Some pets adopted early in the pandemic are being sent back as owners slowly return to normal life.  The financial impact of Covid-19 as well as a puppy boom due …
Vox:
Here's just how much people have stopped talking about Trump on Facebook and Twitter  —  Trump used to be everywhere on social media.  Now he's nowhere.  —  Donald Trump used to be everywhere on social media — but lately, it feels like he's nowhere.  —  Many have noted just how little people …
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New York Times:
‘Turning the Corner’: U.S. Covid Outlook Reaches Most Hopeful Point Yet  —  Cases and deaths have dipped, and vaccinations make scientists hopeful, even as variants mean the coronavirus is here to stay.  —  After weeks of coronavirus patients flooding emergency rooms in Michigan …
CNN:
Democrats wary of appearing to push Justice Breyer out despite their small window to replace him  —  Photos:  —  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer  —  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is photographed at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in September 2015.  —  1 of 37  —  Photos:
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Republicans promote pandemic relief they voted against  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said it pained her to vote against the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan.”  —  But in the weeks that followed, the first-term Republican issued a news release celebrating …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
KFF:
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor - April 2021  —  , Mellisha Stokes , and Mollyann Brodie … Key Findings  — With eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination now open to all adults in the U.S., the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor shows that while the pace of vaccine uptake has continued rapidly …
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg, Forbes and CNN
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Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Poll Shows Parents Are Reluctant to Get Their Children Vaccinated for Covid-19
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
NY AG finds nearly 82% of net neutrality comments to the FCC were fake  —  In a new report, New York Attorney General Letitia James found that of the more than 22 million public comments the Federal Communications Commission received in 2017 regarding the repeal of net neutrality protections, a whopping 18 million were fake.
Nicole Narea / Vox:
The census shows the US needs to increase immigration — by a lot  —  The 2020 census shows that America isn't full — and that it needs immigrants.  —  The results of the 2020 census are a warning sign that America is on a course for slow population growth.
Discussion: Raw Story and ImmigrationProf Blog
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Voters Can Spot Radical Left-Wing Policy  —  Texas' special election shows Americans are savvy enough to not fall for the Biden spin.  —  While one special election doesn't necessarily set the pattern for the midterms—which are still 18 months off—both parties should study the results of Saturday's …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
On the most critical issue — vaccines — Biden has failed us  —  From the first moment of his presidency, Joe Biden has received rave reviews for his handling of the coronavirus response.  Literally the day after he was sworn in, Dr. David Battinelli of Northwell Health swooned …
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
D.C. police officer who fought Capitol rioters pens letter to officials: ‘The time to fully recognize these Officers actions is NOW!’  —  A D.C. police officer injured battling pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 is seeking more recognition for those on the front lines …
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Clean House in 2025  —  When President DeSantis is sworn in at 12:00 pm on January 20, 2025, he should give a short speech and by 12:10 be firing people.  Lots of people.  —  Okay, it might not be the current Florida governor - we do know it's not going to be Gov. Nikki!  Haley (R - Establishment) or Kristi!
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
Teen accused of rigging vote to become homecoming queen will be tried as an adult  —  On the day she was crowned homecoming queen, Emily Grover wore a sparkly silver dress.  A bouquet of roses rested in the crook of her arm, and a crown adorned her curled blond hair.
Discussion: CBS News
Politico:
The Biden White House slowly, glacially, returns to normal  —  President Joe Biden is preparing to make his first international trip as president.  White House and administrative staff are beginning to trickle into the West Wing in greater numbers.  And additional journalists are working at the White House.
New York Times:
Biden Leans Into Plans to Tax the Rich  —  “We're not going to deprive any of these executives of their second or third home, travel privately by jet,” the president said at the White House.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden delivered a clear and punchy message to America's highest earners on Wednesday …
 
 
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Kristen Holmes / CNN:
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Bloomberg:
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Molly Redden / HuffPost:
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
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 Earlier Items: 
Insider:
Trump is staying out of the Virginia GOP's governor race. His absence is making a chaotic campaign even more bonkers.
Associated Press:
Biden hits schools goal even as many students still learn remotely
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Australia won't go to anti-Israel Durban Conference, prime minister says
USA Today:
$2.3 million on travel in 8 months: Trump Navy secretary flew around the world, despite COVID-19
Discussion: Raw Story